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Working As A Rehab Director

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Developing and Building Teams
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $86,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Rehab Director Do

Medical and health services managers, also called healthcare executives or healthcare administrators, plan, direct, and coordinate medical and health services. They may manage an entire facility, a specific clinical area or department, or a medical practice for a group of physicians. Medical and health services managers must adapt to changes in healthcare laws, regulations, and technology.

Duties

Medical and health services managers typically do the following:

  • Work to improve efficiency and quality in delivering healthcare services
  • Develop departmental goals and objectives
  • Ensure that the facility in which they work is up to date on and compliant with new laws and regulations
  • Recruit, train, and supervise staff
  • Manage the finances of the facility, such as patient fees and billing
  • Create work schedules
  • Prepare and monitor budgets and spending to ensure departments operate within allocated funds
  • Represent the facility at investor meetings or on governing boards
  • Keep and organize records of the facility’s services, such as the number of inpatient beds used
  • Communicate with members of the medical staff and department heads

Medical and health services managers work closely with physicians and surgeons, registered nurses, medical and clinical laboratory technologists and technicians, and other healthcare workers. Others may interact with patients or insurance agents.

Medical and health services managers’ titles depend on the facility or area of expertise in which they work. The following are examples of types of medical and health services managers:

Nursing home administrators manage staff, admissions, finances, and care of the building, as well as care of the residents in nursing homes. All states require licensure for nursing home administrators; licensing requirements vary by state.

Clinical managers oversee a specific department, such as nursing, surgery, or physical therapy, and have responsibilities based on that specialty. Clinical managers set and carry out policies, goals, and procedures for their departments; evaluate the quality of the staff’s work; and develop reports and budgets.

Health information managers are responsible for the maintenance and security of all patient records and data. They must stay up to date with evolving information technology, current or proposed laws about health information systems, and trends in managing large amounts of complex data. Health information managers must ensure that databases are complete, accurate, and accessible only to authorized personnel. They also may supervise the work of medical records and health information technicians.

Assistant administrators work under the top administrator in larger facilities and often handle daily decisions. Assistants might direct activities in clinical areas, such as nursing, surgery, therapy, medical records, or health information. They also handle administrative tasks, such as ensuring that their department has the necessary supplies and that equipment is operational and up to date.

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How To Become A Rehab Director

Most medical and health services managers have at least a bachelor’s degree before entering the field. However, master’s degrees are common and sometimes preferred by employers. Educational requirements vary by facility.

Education

Medical and health services managers typically need at least a bachelor’s degree to enter the occupation. However, master’s degrees are common and sometimes preferred by employers. Graduate programs often last between 2 and 3 years and may include up to 1 year of supervised administrative experience in a hospital or healthcare consulting setting.

Prospective medical and health services managers typically have a degree in health administration, health management, nursing, public health administration, or business administration. Degrees that focus on both management and healthcare combine business-related courses with courses in medical terminology, hospital organization, and health information systems. For example, a degree in health administration or health information management often includes courses in health services management, accounting and budgeting, human resources administration, strategic planning, law and ethics, health economics, and health information systems.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Many employers require prospective medical and health services managers to have some work experience in either an administrative or a clinical role in a hospital or other healthcare facility. For example, nursing home administrators usually have years of experience working as a registered nurse.

Others may begin their careers as medical records and health information technicians, administrative assistants, or financial clerks within a healthcare office.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Medical and health services managers must understand and follow current regulations and adapt to new laws.

Communication skills. These managers must effectively communicate policies and procedures with other health professionals and ensure their staff’s compliance with new laws and regulations.

Detail oriented. Medical and health services managers must pay attention to detail. They might be required to organize and maintain scheduling and billing information for very large facilities, such as hospitals.

Interpersonal skills. Medical and health services managers discuss staffing problems and patient information with other professionals, such as physicians and health insurance representatives.

Leadership skills. These managers are often responsible for finding creative solutions to staffing or other administrative problems. They must hire, train, motivate, and lead staff.

Technical skills. Medical and health services managers must stay up to date with advances in healthcare technology and data analytics. For example, they may need to use coding and classification software and electronic health record (EHR) systems as their facility adopts these technologies.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

All states require licensure for nursing home administrators; requirements vary by state. In most states, these administrators must have a bachelor’s degree, complete a state-approved training program, and pass a national licensing exam. Some states also require applicants to pass a state-specific exam; others may require applicants to have previous work experience in a healthcare facility. Some states also require licensure for administrators in assisted-living facilities. For information on specific state-by-state licensure requirements, visit the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards.

A license is typically not required in other areas of medical and health services management. However, some positions may require applicants to have a registered nurse or social worker license.

Although certification is not required, some managers choose to become certified. Certification is available in many areas of practice. For example, the Professional Association of Health Care Office Management offers certification in medical management, the American Health Information Management Association offers health information management certification, and the American College of Health Care Administrators offers the Certified Nursing Home Administrator and Certified Assisted Living Administrator distinctions.

Advancement

Medical and health services managers advance by moving into higher paying positions with more responsibility. Some health information managers, for example, can advance to become responsible for the entire hospital’s information systems. Other managers may advance to top executive positions within the organization.

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Rehab Director Demographics

Gender

Female

59.2%

Male

29.2%

Unknown

11.6%
Ethnicity

White

61.0%

Hispanic or Latino

14.3%

Black or African American

11.8%

Asian

7.8%

Unknown

5.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

74.1%

Tagalog

11.1%

French

3.7%

Polish

3.7%

Korean

3.7%

Italian

3.7%
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Rehab Director Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

7.4%

Keiser University

7.4%

University of Louisiana at Monroe

7.4%

University of Indianapolis

6.1%

Utica College

6.1%

University of Pittsburgh -

5.5%

University of Alabama at Birmingham

4.9%

Texas Woman's University

4.9%

Nova Southeastern University

4.9%

Loma Linda University

4.9%

University of North Dakota

4.3%

University of Findlay

4.3%

Ohio State University

4.3%

Pearl River Community College

4.3%

Howard University

4.3%

Northeastern University

4.3%

University of Southern California

3.7%

Kent State University

3.7%

San Jose State University

3.7%

University of Kansas

3.7%
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Majors

Physical Therapy

31.5%

Occupational Therapy

27.3%

Business

6.4%

Nursing

5.4%

Communication Disorders Sciences

5.1%

Medical Assisting Services

4.0%

Speech-Language Pathology

3.4%

Health Care Administration

2.8%

Health Sciences And Services

2.1%

Kinesiology

1.7%

Psychology

1.6%

Management

1.4%

Education

1.2%

Biology

1.2%

Military Applied Sciences

0.9%

Special Education

0.9%

School Counseling

0.8%

Physiology And Anatomy

0.8%

Public Health

0.8%

Rehabilitation Science

0.7%
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Degrees

Masters

28.4%

Bachelors

26.7%

Associate

25.7%

Other

9.8%

Doctorate

6.7%

Certificate

1.6%

License

0.5%

Diploma

0.5%
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Average Yearly Salary
$86,000
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$44,000
Min 10%
$86,000
Median 50%
$86,000
Median 50%
$86,000
Median 50%
$86,000
Median 50%
$86,000
Median 50%
$86,000
Median 50%
$86,000
Median 50%
$167,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Res-Care Premier
Highest Paying City
Hayward, CA
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
3.2 years
How much does a Rehab Director make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Rehab Director in the United States is $86,434 per year or $42 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $44,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $167,000.

Real Rehab Director Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Facility Rehab Director/Speech Therapist Affirma Rehabilitation Resource Center Modesto, CA Nov 13, 2016 $105,000 -
$118,560
Director of Rehab Sundance Rehabilitation Corporation Saratoga, CA Dec 17, 2015 $101,275 -
$185,640
Director of Rehab-Therapist Interface Rehab, Inc. Placentia, CA Mar 23, 2016 $100,176
Facility Rehab Director Affirma Rehabilitation Resource Center CA Jan 06, 2016 $100,000 -
$104,000
Facility Rehab Director Affirma Rehabilitation, Inc. CA Mar 10, 2016 $100,000 -
$104,000
Director of Rehab (Physical Therapy) Susan J. Harris, Inc. San Diego, CA Oct 02, 2015 $100,000
Facility Rehab Director Violet Holdings, LLC Lincoln, CA Jul 23, 2015 $100,000
Facility Rehab Director/Physical Therapist Select Medical Rehabilitation Services, Inc. Cupertino, CA Jun 01, 2015 $100,000 -
$120,000
Director of Rehab Services Viaquest Home Health of Indiana LLC Evansville, IN Dec 26, 2016 $100,000 -
$110,000
Facility Rehab Director/Physical Therapist Select Medical Rehabilitation Services, Inc. Cupertino, CA Jan 06, 2015 $100,000 -
$120,000
Director of Rehab Services Viaquest Home Health of Indiana LLC Muncie, IN Dec 26, 2016 $100,000 -
$110,000
Director of Rehab Susan J. Harris, Inc. Fairfield, CA Jun 12, 2015 $100,000
Director of Rehab Sundance Rehabilitation Corporation San Leandro, CA Jul 13, 2015 $97,760 -
$144,352
Rehab Director Rehab Specialists California, LLC Davis, CA Feb 16, 2015 $91,828
Director of Rehab Genesis Eldercare Rehabilitation Services, Inc. Manassas, VA Feb 13, 2015 $73,757 -
$130,998
Director of Rehab Genesis Eldercare Rehabilitation Services, Inc. Fredericksburg, VA Nov 01, 2015 $73,757 -
$130,998
Director of Rehab Genesis Eldercare Rehabilitation Services, Inc. Reston, VA Feb 13, 2015 $73,757 -
$130,998
Director of Rehab Genesis Eldercare Rehabilitation Services, LLC Yuba City, CA Jul 04, 2016 $73,504 -
$150,577
Director of Rehab Genesis Eldercare Rehabilitation Services, LLC Sacramento, CA Jul 04, 2016 $73,504 -
$150,577
Director of Rehab Genesis Eldercare Rehabilitation Services, LLC Cass City, MI Jan 05, 2016 $66,456 -
$120,432
Director of Rehab Genesis Eldercare Rehabilitation Services, LLC Cass City, MI May 01, 2016 $66,456 -
$120,432
Director of Rehab Genesis Eldercare Rehabilitation Services, LLC Pleasantview, MI May 01, 2016 $66,456 -
$120,432
Director of Rehab Genesis Eldercare Rehabilitation Services, LLC Clare, MI May 01, 2016 $66,456 -
$120,432
Director of Rehab Genesis Eldercare Rehabilitation Services, LLC Okemos, MI May 01, 2016 $66,456 -
$120,432
Director of Rehab Genesis Eldercare Rehabilitation Services, LLC Shelby, MI May 01, 2016 $66,456 -
$120,432
Director of Rehab Genesis Eldercare Rehabilitation Services, LLC West Bloomfield, MI May 01, 2016 $66,456 -
$120,432
Director of Rehab Genesis Eldercare Rehabilitation Services, LLC Sterling Heights, MI May 01, 2016 $66,456 -
$120,432

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Top Skills for A Rehab Director

  1. Speech Therapy
  2. Facility
  3. Rehab
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  • Instruct patient/family on patient's total physical, occupational or speech therapy program.
  • Collaborate with Human Resources assisting in Marketing and Recruiting to staff facility.
  • Mentor to new managers at other rehab sites specializing in operations management training.
  • Developed, implemented and monitored facility action plans to ensure quality patient care objectives are met.
  • Processed information and ensured all documentation was present and accurate according to Medicare guidelines.

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